Spanish cyclist dies during Moroccan endurance race in Sahara desert
A A SPANISH cyclist died on May 10 during an endurance race in the Moroccan desert.
Ernesto Escolano, 50, was taken to Mohammed VI University Hospital in Marrakech after cycling 82 kilometers in the scorching heat of the Sahara Desert as part of Titan Desert – a grueling six-day cycling event.
The cycle race has been held annually in Morocco since 2006 and begins in the Atlas Mountains.
The athlete, from Huesca, was first treated by the race health team who managed to stabilize him after he collapsed due to severe dehydration.
But after he was taken to hospital by helicopter, his heart suddenly stopped.
Race officials issued a statement that read: “On behalf of the organization, as well as the participants, the medical team, the sponsors, the journalists and all the entourage that accompanies the race, we transmit our condolences to his family and close friends.”
This is not the first time the race has seen a death.
In 2019, 46-year-old Fernando Civera from Zaragoza suffered sudden heart failure as he completed the second stage of the event.